BSc (Hons) Marine Biology Stage 2 Direct Entry Induction Information
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PLEASE NOTE: New Direct Entrants to Stage 2 or Final Year should contact the relevant Programme Leader as soon as possible, and before Monday 17 September 2018, to discuss requirements for the forthcoming academic year.

Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology – Dr David Bilton d.bilton@plymouth.ac.uk 01752 584608

Please also note – if you are on BSc Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, and already committed to being in South Africa when these events take place, we will cover much of this material either on the field course, or following our return to Plymouth afterwards.

Module choice for Stage 2 Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology - If you are going to stage 2 Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology you must complete and return the module choice form to us by 3 September 2018.

Essential Information for New International Students

 Monday 17th – Friday 21st September daily between 16.30 – 17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square

 This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

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Medical information

As soon as you have completed online enrolment, please ensure that you complete/update the online medical questionnaire. You will find the questionnaire at: https://s3.plymouth.ac.uk/s3 . Alternatively, you can scroll down on the induction web page where you will see a link for the Medical Questionnaire (You must complete online enrolment first). You may have previously completed the questionnaire but must still open and save this even if there are no changes. Opening and saving the questionnaire will be date stamped and we will know that your information is up-to-date.  This will be checked by a member of the administrative team and if information is not updated you will be refused entry to laboratories and refused attendance on any fieldwork. The information is required solely to enable organisers of field courses, lab work and other activities you may undertake to be alerted to any special requirements or precautions which may be necessary.

Monday 17 September 2018

Any time between 09.00 – 16.00 University Card Collection - Room 015, Ground Floor, Smeaton Building

You can collect your University card from Room 015, Ground Floor, Smeaton Building during the times given above. Your card is used for entry to the Library, some room entry, handing in coursework etc. You must complete online enrolment and upload a photo prior to attending this session. You will need to bring identification with you to this session. The preferred form of identification is a valid current passport. Please refer to our University Card Collection web page for further details.

 NB: If you already have a card i.e. because you were previously a student on another course or at a Partner College, you do not need to attend this session.

 13.00 – 14.00 - Welcome Party Wristband Collection – Room 605, Rolle Building
You will need to collect your wristband in order to attend your Welcome Party

19.00 - 21.30 Welcome Party - Graduation Marquee Plymouth Hoe

The Welcome Party is your opportunity to meet informally with other students new to The Faculty of Science and Engineering as well as some current students and your academic staff.

Additionally the evening includes a welcome drink and nibbles, entertainment and a raffle for all attendees with an iPad to be won on the night.

Tuesday 18 September 2018

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome Meetings – Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS104

Meet your course mates and the marine biology subject group team. (Note that it takes about 20 minutes to walk from campus See map

Marine Station Map

10.00 - 11.00 Coffee and Cakes

11.00 – 12.30 Introduction to your Degree Course – Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS104

Your Programme Leader will introduce you to the School, the structure of your degree at Plymouth, and important practical information about timetables etc. You will probably have many questions about the course and approaches to study. You will be provided with a Student Handbook that you should study carefully and bring to all further sessions.

Wednesday 19 September 2018

11.30 – 11.45 Introduction to the Students’ Union – Room 018, Rolle Building

A representative of the Students’ Union will outline all the extra-curricular activities you can enjoy, including; sports clubs and societies, volunteering, and how the Union is the hub of social life whilst studying. They provide your student support and representation.

14.00 – 15.00 Introduction to the Library – Room 018, Rolle Building
Information Specialist

A short presentation from your subject librarian introducing you to the facilities and services of the University library.

Friday 21 September 2018

11.30 Introductory Field Trip - Meet at the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area of Plymouth

 A boat will take us to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park just across Plymouth Sound on the Cornish side of the Tamar estuary. Here, you will have a brief introduction to the key features of Plymouth Sound and we will spend time examining some of the marine life on the seashore. Afterwards, you can explore the country park on some of the excellent walking trails or relax with fellow students and staff over lunch. You can choose to take your own snack lunch or buy reasonably priced food and drink at a café or pub. You make your own way back to Plymouth on the Cremyll ferry (cost £1.50) which leaves from the Edgcumbe Arms pub and docks close to the west end of Union Street in Plymouth (about 20-30 minutes’ walk to the University).

Please ensure that you have read the fieldwork section in the Safety Handbook and that you come with Wellington boots or other suitable footwear for working on the beach, plus warm, waterproof clothing.



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